As Moscow continues its relentless efforts to leave millions of Ukrainians without electricity, heat and water during the cold winter months, the European Parliament on Wednesday referred to Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism” in a symbolic vote for its “cruel and inhumane”. Acts against ordinary citizens.
In a video address to the UN Security Council, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for a “resolute response” to the massacre. “In our midst,” he told the council, which included the Russian ambassador, “you have the representative of a state that has offered nothing but terror to the world” and should not participate in “any kind of vote on its terror.”
“This is the end,” Zelensky said at an emergency meeting called by the United States and Albania to discuss the Russian strikes. “We need your decision.”
U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions “could not be more clear and more chilling. … He has decided that if he cannot seize Ukraine by force, he will try to freeze the country into submission.”
But while condemnation of the Russian strikes was widespread, several council members from Africa, along with India, China, Brazil and others, expressed concern that weekly meetings on the crisis were not achieving much and called for new diplomacy. To stop the war.
Ukraine’s main power grid operator Ukrainergo said on its Telegram channel that there were blackouts in “all regions” of the country, and the energy ministry said the strikes had caused a temporary shutdown at all nuclear power plants under Kyiv’s control. “In most thermal and hydroelectric plants”
Power was also knocked out in neighboring Moldova, whose power grid is connected to Ukraine. Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu, Posting on TwitterHe said he had summoned the Russian ambassador “for clarifications”.
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Ukraine’s air force said it shot down 51 of the 70 missiles fired Wednesday and also destroyed five self-destructing drones. Kyiv city’s military administration reported that 22 of the 31 missiles fired at the capital were intercepted by air defense systems.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko also said the city’s water supply would be temporarily shut off and, as night fell, most of the city would be without electricity. The strikes left Lviv, the largest city in western Ukraine, without electricity, Mayor Andriy Sadovy said on his Telegram channel.
“While someone is waiting for the World Cup results and the number of goals scored, Ukrainians are waiting for another score – the number of Russian missiles intercepted,” Zelensky’s adviser Mykhailo Podolyak wrote on Twitter as the bombardment unfolded.
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has insisted that the bombing is serving military purposes and will continue until Moscow’s war aims are achieved.
An early morning missile strike crushed a hospital maternity ward in the Zaporizhia region town of Vilnius, killing a 2-day-old baby boy.
The rocket, which Zelensky said was fired from Russia, hit the hospital at 2 a.m. as the mother lay next to her newborn’s crib, according to the hospital’s medical director, Valeria Kroshena.
The strike destroyed the second-floor maternity ward and the clinic below, the brick walls of the building collapsing to the ground. A doctor who was on duty overnight was also injured in the blast and is now recovering from serious burns, Kroshena said.
According to Kroshena, the different doctor who delivered the newborn was off duty and rushed to the hospital immediately after hearing the explosion. Doctors knew the only patients in the hospital that night were a mother and her baby, Kroshena said, and she knew exactly where they were. The mother, who is in her 30s, was not injured. Kroshena said the boy is her fourth child. “It’s unthinkable,” he said.
On Wednesday afternoon, rescue workers used excavators to dig out what was left of the maternity ward. Some rooms were partially standing, with pieces of the ceiling collapsing over hospital beds and baby cribs. The windows of the adjacent building were blown out by the explosion.
Local officials said the missile was a Russian-made S-300.
The strike in Vilnius, about 20 miles northeast of the regional capital city of Zaporizhia, came less than a week after another missile struck a residential building in the same town, killing 11 people. Zaporizhia is one of four Ukrainian regions claimed by Putin to have been annexed by Russia – a violation of international law.
Despite Putin’s claims of annexation, Russia has not captured the city of Zaporizhia and has retreated from the city of Kherson, the only regional capital captured since the start of a full-scale offensive in February.
Two youths, aged 10 and 15, were among those killed in the earlier strike in Vilnius.
Following the Russian retreat from Kherson city, attention has turned to the Zaporizhia region as the site of a new Ukrainian counteroffensive, pushing south toward the occupied city of Melitopol and the critical Kakhovka hydroelectric plant and dam in the Kherson region.
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Wednesday’s vote by the European Parliament, the legislature of the 27-member European Union, reflected continued anger in Brussels and across Europe over Russia’s aggression and the outbreak of full-scale war on the European continent for the first time in the 21st century.
Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the Federation Council, the Russian parliament’s upper chamber, said Wednesday’s European Parliament resolution violated international law and the state cannot be branded a terrorist.
“Russia has always strongly opposed the concept of state terrorism,” Kosachev wrote in a statement posted on Telegram, adding that “the West is actively trying to introduce the principle of collective responsibility and simply punish all ‘offending’ countries and regimes. Because there is an alternative point of view and a different model of behavior.”
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In response, Russia’s ambassador to the UN Security Council, Vasily Nebenzya, said the Russian strikes were designed to weaken “the military capabilities of our adversaries” and were carried out “with precision”. He accused Western-supplied weapons of causing much damage to residential and other civilian areas and chastised the international community, saying they had not shown the same concern for Ukrainian war crimes.
The Pentagon said Wednesday it would expedite an additional $400 million in military aid to Ukraine, including additional air defenses, to counter Russia’s “unrelenting and brutal” missile and drone attacks on the country’s civilian infrastructure.
The package includes an unspecified number of munitions for two NASAMS surface-to-air systems provided by Washington, as well as 150 heavy machine guns with thermal sights to help Ukrainian forces identify and gun down unmanned aircraft. More than 200 generators will be dispatched from US stockpiles.
Smith reports from Vilnius. Francesca Ebel in London and Karen de Young in Washington contributed to this report.